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ancient_greeceAncient Greece by KIDS DISCOVER is a wonderful app that really helps meet the needs of common core standards required for 6th grade.  It has so much great information, I hardly know where to start! There is a scroll function with illustrated pictures; by pushing the top of the app, a drop down list shows the different sections. On the right side, there is a function to favorite sections. The favorites section could be used for a student to highlight and summarize certain screens to teach other students.  Further over, there is a slide by slide option that is also an easy way to get to the information needed.  Eight different sections are covered which are Great Greece, Awesome Athens, Greek Folk, Sporting Life: The Olympics, The Trojan Horse, Lasting Achievements Part 1 and 2, as well as Digging Up the Past. Each section starts with an interactive movie clip, providing further information on the subject.

Knowing that Greek Life at that time used little clothing, areas of modesty are covered allowing for a full experience of the information. There are pictures and text at a reading level that is accessible to most students. There are also check questions for understanding that could be used as exit tickets. This app takes advantage of scrolling options. There is a good mix of old ancient information, as well as how items currently look today. This would be a great choice for projecting on the board in a one iPad classroom. At the end, there are several activities such as mix and match, a jigsaw puzzle and others to assess student understanding.  For students requiring more information, there is a slide on further websites that are just a tap away.  This app is truly a steal at $4.99!

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AnnFrancis1Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad. Visit Ann at iPadBrainology and on twitter @ipadbrainolgy

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